Laboratory Services

The University of Mississippi

Radiological Waste Identification

What is a Radiological Waste?

  • Low-level radioactive waste means waste material which contains radioactive nuclides emitting primarily beta or gamma radiation, or both, in concentrations or quantities that exceed applicable federal or State standards for unrestricted release.
  • The official definitions are : waste materials “that are acceptable for disposal in a land disposal facility”…and…”radioactive waste (a) not classified as high-level radioactive waste, transuranic waste, spent nuclear fuel, or byproduct material as defined in Section 11e. (2)of the Atomic Energy Act (uranium or thorium tailings and waste) and (b) classified as low-level radioactive waste consistent with existing law and in accordance with (a) by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission”.